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Wes Ball

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Wes Ball is a film director, visual effects artist, and graphic artist. He created a 7-minute short film called A Work in Progress which won a Bronze Medal from the Student Academy Awards in 2003. Ball is also known for directing The Maze Runner trilogy and is currently developing a new Planet of the Apes film.

21mins

18 Feb 2021

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Episode 8: Wes Ball, director of the MAZE RUNNER trilogy and RUIN (short)

The Post Post Podcast

Wes Ball made headlines when shortly after uploading his post-apocalyptic short RUIN on Vimeo, he signed a development deal with FOX, and simultaneously was asked to direct the first film in the MAZE RUNNER film franchise. Following the success of MAZE RUNNER he stayed on board and directed the second and third episode in this epic trilogy. He is currently working on his next film, THE MOUSE GUARD.“...I wanna stress that there was no agenda that ‘I need to be a director and this is how I can get people to notice me, to give me a director job,’ it wasn’t that at all, it was very much just that I had a yearning inside to make something, and show it to people [...] to see if they like it.”Wes and I talked about his thesis film, Work In Progress, which combines live-action and computer animation and won a student academy award. And why, despite getting Wes some attention ten years earlier, he didn’t manage to leverage it the same way that he did with Ruin.We talked about what Wes learned during the long gap between the two shorts and what made him decide to make another short ten years later.We also talked about what it was like to suddenly transition from being a work-from-home CG artist to directing a multi-million dollar feature film, and what technologies Wes believes new filmmakers and VFX artists should be focusing on nowadays to prepare for an inevitable industry insurgence.Relevant links:Ruin short:https://vimeo.com/38591304Maze Runner trailer:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=64-iSYVmMVYMaze Runner Death Cure trailer:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4-BTxXm8KSgWork In Progress:https://vimeo.com/12778010In search of humans teaser:https://vimeo.com/6764653Show notes:Bad Robot - J.J. Abrams’ companyhttps://www.badrobot.com/Adam (short film by Neil Blumkamp, rendered in realtime on Unity3D):https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GXI0l3yqBrAThe title image for this episode courtesy of Wes Ball.Opening and closing song: "14 Days" by Akın Sevgör.@akinsevgorStay tuned for our next episode, when I’ll be hosting Doron Meir, an animation director and story artist, and talking to him about his own passion project, his new book titled WORKFLOW.

1hr 16mins

19 Nov 2018

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XENOPOD From The Year 5000 Through The Maze With Wes Ball

Screaming Pods Network

The Maze Runner Trilogy is well worth your time. This week I sit down with director Wes Ball as we discuss all three films and how ingenuity, determination and one short film launched his career as a respected Science Fiction director.

1hr 7mins

2 May 2018

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Through The Maze With Wes Ball

XENOPOD From The Year 5000

The Maze Runner Trilogy is well worth your time. This week I sit down with director Wes Ball as we discuss all three films and how ingenuity, determination and one short film launched his career as a respected Science Fiction director.

1hr 7mins

2 May 2018

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fxpodcast #319: Wes Ball and Maze Runner: The Death Cure

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fxpodcast is back with a detailed interview with Maze Runner Director, Wes Ball.

41mins

6 Feb 2018

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fxpodcast #296: Scorched Trails: Maze Runner Director Wes Ball

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This week we speak to Director Wes Ball about his new film Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials, including VFX, Dolby Vision grading and sound mixing.

47mins

18 Sep 2015

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fxpodcast #284: Wes Ball on The Maze Runner

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We talk to director (and fxphd Prof) Wes Ball, about the creation of his hit film The Maze Runner. As you will hear Wes is just days away from filming the sequel.

40mins

27 Oct 2014